Hometown Hero: Western Police Officers

First responders never know what their day will bring. But when Jeff Morning, a Western student, collapsed on the basketball court, three police officers, a doctor and a lifeguard all put their skills to the test.

"It was one of those things where you didn't have time to think it through, you just had to react," said Aaron Jarboe, the Preston Center employee.

The group of five worked as a team to revive the student.

They were all trained in CPR and worked to keep Jeff alive as they waited for an ambulance.

"If one person got tired of doing compression's there was somebody right there ready to take over compressions and vice versa with the rescue breathing," said Sergeant Brian Ward, with the Western Kentucky University Police Department.

"It's one of those things where this guy was incredibly lucky to have suffered this here at the time that he did. If he was out on some ballpark somewhere I don't think he would have gotten the help that he needed immediately," said Dr. Phil Singer.

The moments of that day are still a blur for the group. They all say they just reacted as their training kicked in.

"It hasn't hit me yet, honestly - it still hasn't hit me. It was just one of those things where I just reacted," said Officer Tyler Clark, with the Western Kentucky University Police Department.

"It's all kind of a blur, but you just know what you need to do and you try to continue the goal of helping save someone's life," said Sergeant Mike Waldrop, with the Western Kentucky University Police Department.

Jeff Morning has been released form the hospital. Sergeant Waldrop said he visited him last weekend and he was up and talking.

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  • by shaun Location: bowlin green on Jul 27, 2007 at 08:20 PM
    great job guys may god bless you
  • by Pete Location: Bowling Green on Jul 27, 2007 at 03:15 PM
    Just wanted to say this is an uplifting story, the officers and others did something they should all be proud of. The Western community is very lucky to have such a group of outstanding people working for the university.
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